Westland Sea King

Sea King HU.5


Before the Royal Navy phased the Wessex out of SAR service, work began to identify Sea King HAS.5 airframes which would not be needed for the HAS.6 conversion programme. These were stripped of the ASW equipment and fitted for SAR work, re-equipping 771 Squadron from October 1987

Model News

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings Leave Culdrose, 12-Apr-16 : Royal Navy last three SAR Sea King flew from RNAS Culdrose base to HMS Sultan in Gosport. 771 Naval Air Squadron was formally decommissioned at the end of March and their tasks assigned to civilians

Royal Navy Give SAR Sea King Final MOT, 13-Feb-15 : Royal Navy Reservists from RNAS Culdrose have started the very last ever “Flying-MOT” scheduled maintenance of a Sea King Mk 5 before the aircraft is retired from service next year.


Engine: 2 x RR Gnome H1400-1 1660 shp
Capacity: 4 + 10
Length: (m) 17.02
Height: (m) 5.13
Blades: 5
Rotor diam.: (m) 18.9
Disc area: (m2) 280
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 6490     Max: 9710
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 235
Range: (km)
Ceiling: (m)
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

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wa 635 1969 UK XV647 : has.1 ff 6 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq+
has.2a Converted to HAS.2A from mid 1976, 820Sq/412-BL by Apr +
Ditched in the gulf of mexico in 1978,engine failure wh+
820Sq/413-BL by Jul 1979, 820Sq/360-N by Jul 1980
has.5 Converted to HAS.5 from spring 1982. 826Sq/527 by May 1+
Conv to HU.5 mid 1987; 771Sq/820-CU by Feb 1988 still M+
RN; 1994 type:HAS.5U 771Sqn./R-820; 1996 771Sqn./20
771Sq Gannet SAR Flt//707-WP by Dec 2001, still May 200+
771Sq /828-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2+
Gannet SAR Flt /828 by Dec 2008 still May 2009; to Flee+
31Jul14 with 771 NAS / 828, pictured in the flying disp+
15sep18 stored HMS Sultan 771Sqn /828 marked MSC Napoli+
wa 636 1969 UK XV648 : has.1 RN, ff 14 Sep 1969, dd 6 Oct 1969 to RN as HAS.1; 700Sq+
has.2a Conv HAS.2A between Oct 1978 and c Jul 1979; 706Sq/594-+
has.5 Conv HAS.5 from Mar 1986; 706Sq/587 by Oct 1987; 706Sq/+
13mar88 pictured (pic1) (pic2) as HAS.5 type 706Sqn /(5+
1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn /CU-82
Conv HU.5 c 1994, 819Sq/708-PW by Jan 1999 still Sep 20+
08apr08 pictured (pic3) as HU5 rescue type as /(7)18 77+
2009 HU.5S type 771Sqn /18
11jul09 as 771 NAS /818-CU pictured (pic4) in special +
771 Sq /18. Stencilled with Trawler Trevessa on sponson+
23jul13 as 771Sq /18 pictured (pic5) on duty SAR at RNA+
Sep14 stored at Vector Aerospace Fleetlands
Dismantled by Aug16
wa 649 1970 UK XV661 : has.1 RN
26 Apr 1972, while HAS.1 with 706 NAS / 596-CU, recover+
28 Sep 1972, while HAS.1 with 706 NAS / 596-CU, recover+
has.5 22feb93 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824
1995 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824; 1996 HAS.5 type 771Sqn.+
771 Sq/826-CU, stencilled mv Lovat on sponsons and rear+
24aug14 pictured as /CU-(8)26 at Newquay Lifeboat Day
771 Sq/826 first ever landing of a SAR helicopter, on n+
at Nordholz for the 2015 SAR Meet as 771 NAS/26, until +
wa 654 1970 UK XV666 : has.1 RN HAS.1 f/f 23jun70, d/d 02jul70
02Jul70 delivered to NASU RNAS Culdrose; 14Aug70 of 826+
Displayed at SBAC Farnborough Air Show sep70 when HAS.2+
Sep70 826Sq/144-E still Sep 1972; Aug78 Conv HAS.2A, +
has.2 13Nov78 noted on RFA Fort Grange coded FG.343 of 824Squ+
has.5 1986 Conv HAS.5 Fleetlands /598
25Feb87 noted RNAS Culdrose NASU uncoded; 09Mar87 to 8+
17jul88 pictured (pic1) as 814Sqn /(2)72 HMS Illustriou+
Jul89-Sep91, I was Senior Pilot on 771 NAS (SAR) and XV+
22feb93 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-823
1994 HU.5U type 771Sqn /CU-823
16Nov94 noted RNAS Portland coded CU.823 of 771Squadron+
2003 Conv HU.5U 771Sq /823 still 2004; Nov05 771Sq /8+
Fleetlands by Jul 2009; 771Sq /821 by Nov 2009
23jun12 pictured (pic2) as HU.5 type /CU-21 at RNAS Yeo+
771 Sq/821-CU, stencilled Boscastle Floods on sponsons +
31Jul14 with 771 NAS / 821, pictured (pic3) leaving RNA+
Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)21 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last +
stored Gosport
UK XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting b+
Jan18 pictured (pic4) off Portland, on a training fligh+
07jul18 of Heliops, pictured (pic5) in the static displ+
wa 658 1970 UK XV670 : has.1 ff 18 Aug 1970, dd 3 Sep 1970 as HAS.1; 737Sq/664-PO b+
has.2 706 Sq/590-CU by Aug 1978, still Aug 1979
14 Aug 1979 706 Sq/590-CU rescued yachtsman from yacht +
RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 5+
has.5 RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn+
23jul13 pictured as /17 with 60 years Royal Navy resc+
771 Sq/817 by Jul 2013, stencilled Boscastle Floods on +
17aug13 type:HU.5 771Sqn. 100 years celebration Marinef+
Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)17 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last fl+
wa 661 1970 UK XV673 : has.1 RN, HAS.1 type f/f 18sep70, d/d 01oct70
RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 5+
has.5 1993 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./588; 1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn./C+
Assigned to 771 Sq/827-CU on 10 Apr 2003. On scene Bosc+
conv to HU.5 type; 05jul13 pictured (top) as 771Sqn /27+
24jul13 pictured (bot) as 771Sq /27 at RNAS Culdrose
771 Sq/827, stencilled Yacht Drum England on sponsons a+
preserved on display at RNAS Culdrose by Apr16
wa 670 1971 UK XV699 : has.1 RN; f/f 01apr71, d/d 29apr71
16Jan74 as 824Sq /051-R, took part in rescue from Merc +
has.2 01sep78 HAS.2 type 826Sqn./TG-143
has.5 1978 HAS.2 type; conv to HAS.5 type
noted embarked on HMS Bulwark coded 141-B with 826NAS m+
has.5 May 1982 to Fleetlands for conversion to HAS.5, until c+
noted as 826Sq/143 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
5 Jun 1989: While operating from RFA Fort Austin off Gl+
Sep1993 to RNAY Fleetlands for conv to HU.5
17Sep05 pictured (pic1) as 771 NAS / 823-CU in the stat+
UK XV699 : Dec08 Vector Aerospace
UK XV699 : 771Sq Culdrose; to 771Sq Gannet SAR Flt /823 on 7 Jul 2+
12sep09 pictured (pic2) as HU.5 type /823 with 771Sq a+
Feb15 used for structural repair training at HMS Sultan
HMS Sultan BDRT Airframe by Apr19
wa 676 1971 UK XV705 : has.1 RN; 1994 type:HAR.5U 771Sqn./CU-821; 1996 type:HAR.5 77+
HAS.1 824Sq/051-R by May 1972, 824Sq/056-R by Feb 1973 +
has.2a HAS.2A 814Sq/266-H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265-B by Aug 1980+
has.5 HAS.5 Conv Dec 1985
HU.5 conv Aug 1987; 771Sq/821-CU by Feb 1988
24jul96 pictured (pic1) as HU.5 type 771Sqn /CU-821 at +
To A2618 /821-CU stored HMS Sultan, to DARA Fleetlands +
28jul10 pictured (pic2) as /29 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
flying with 771 NAS for the second time that day to the+
26nov14 pictured (pic3) as /CU-829 at RNAS Culdrose
XV705 : 13aug17 at Mackleys Industrial Estate BN5 9XE outside B+
wa 846 1976 UK XZ578 : has.2 Westland Seaking HAS.2, f/f 01dec76; d/d 18jan77; conv+
1994 as 706Sqn /CU-81
2013 HU.5 type as /(CU-8)30 Prestwick (Gannet) SAR Fl+
17nov15 decommissioned for transport by road to Portsmo+
XZ578 : 02jun16 seen on the M25 on the back of a truck
Oct16 for sale on an auction site
09may17 fuselage at Caernarfon Airport and about to mov+
Sep17 fuselage in house garden at Pont-y-llyn, Llyn Pad+
18sep19, I bought this aircraft and she left Pont-y-lly+
wa 880 1979 UK XZ920 : has.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded
28Oct82 noted RNAS Culdrose coded N.010 of 820 squadron+
has.5 1994 HAS.5U type 771Sqn /CU-882; 1996 HAR.5 type 771Sqn+
02Oct96 noted RNAS Portland coded -.822 of 771Squadron;+
26nov14 pictured as /CU-824 at RNAS Culdrose
Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)24 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last fl+
wa 891 1980 UK ZA130 : has.5 RN HAS5 f/f 07jan81, d/d 03feb81; 826Sq/132-H by Apr 19+
824Sq /353, noted visiting Norton pad on 5 Oct 1982
05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./587 Flypast Portsmouth harbo+
17jan14 emergency landing in a field near Ardrossan, Ay+
conv HU.5U at Fleetlands from Jun 1996; 771Sq/824-CU by+
jul00 HAS.5U type 771Sqn./CU-824
771Sq Gannet Flt/709-PW by Apr 2003 still Dec 2004 stil+
2005 pictured (pic1) as /709 at Kiel Marien Air Force B+
06aug06 pictured (pic2) with 771sqd as ZA130 /719 dur+
771Sq/819 by Aug 2006; VL AMG/19 by May 2007; 771Sq/819+
jul07 HU.5 type 771Sqn /CU-819
05sep09 pictured (pic3) as 771Sq/19 at HMNB Devonport d+
771Sq Gannet SAR Flt/719 by Apr 2013
wa 895 1981 UK ZA134 : has.5 RN in 1996 771Sqn. /824; 2004 type HU.5SAR 771Sqn. /CU-+
23Aug05 with 771 NAS / 825-CU, pictured (pic1) on D Sit+
2008 pictured (pic2) on static display during SAR-Meet +
May12 HU.5 type based at HMS Gannet (Prestwick) with th+
17jan15 as /25 callsign Rescue 177 pictured (pic3) bein+
wa 898 1981 UK ZA137 : has.5 826Sq /146, noted visting HMS Cambridge on 16 Nov 1982
RN HAS.5 type ; 1994 706Sqn /97; jul00 HAS.5U type 771S+
17jul01 pictured (top) as /820-CU at RNAS Culdrose
2004 HU.5SAR type 771Sqn /CU-820; 2009 still
771Sq /820-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2+
29jul09 pictured (middle) at RNAS Culdrose. USAF HH-60G+
24jul13 pictured (bot) as 771Sq /20, "Mullion Harbour 6+
UK ZA137 : QinetiQ from 26aug14, on loan until the end of its flyi+
wa 899 1982 UK ZA166 : has.5 RN HAS5 f/f 04mar82 d/d 01apr82
To NASU Culdrose May 1982; 824 Sq B Flt / 352 by Jul 19+
17jan85 as 820Sq /010-N. Squadron visit to Yeovilton
706 Sq / 590-R by Oct 1986, Fleetlands by Jul 1988 back+
1991 HAS5 type grey cammo
1996 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /81
706 Sq / 581 by Dec 1995; 810 Sq A Flt / 511 by Dec 199+
2001 HU.5U type 849Sqn /CU-189
2004 HU5 type 771Sqd /CU-828; Aug07 pictured (pic1) as +
26nov14 pictured (pic2) as /CU-816 at RNAS Culdrose
05mar15 pictured (pic3) at RAF Northolt during Nightsho+
Dec15 wfu, str at Gosport
25jul17 at Fleetlands
03aug17 back at RNAS Culdrose depth prior moving to Por+
UK ZA166 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by+
Jan18 Dara pictured (pic4) off Portland, on a training +
wa 900 1982 UK ZA167 : has.5 RN HAS.5 type d/d 28may82
814Sq/273-L by Jun 1982 still 1986, 814Sq/265-L by Jun +
771Sq/825-CU by Oct 1995
21jul96 pictured as HAR.5 type 771sqn /825 at Fairford +
771Sq/822-CU by Jun 1999 still 2003 still 2004 still Ja+
30Jul08 with 771 NAS / 822-CU, pictured (pic2) in the f+
2004 type:HU.5 771Sqn./CU-822; 2009 type:HU.5 771Sqn./2+
19jul11 picture as 771Sq /22 at RNAS Culdrose
wa 902 1982 UK ZA169 : has.5 820Sq/015-N by Dec 1982, 706Sq/587-R by Apr 1986 to c D+
820Sq/015-N, Squadron visit to Yeovilton, 17 Jan 1985
has.6 Conv HAS.6 at Fleetlands from Jan 1989, 820Sq/010 by Ja+
814 Sq / 266-N, embarked mid May 1992 on HMS Invincible+
814Sq/265-N by Jan 1996, Fleetlands (store ?) by Dec 19+
has.6 RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 814Sqn./N-265 embarked HMS Invincib+
Conv to HU5 (or, at least from HAS.6 with removal of so+
has.6 2011 at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering+
16 C/N.

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